Vegan thandai tart is a modern twist on the classic thandai sherbat that is loved by everyone on Holi and summer season. With this version, you can serve the perfect modern mithai to your guests while keeping the traditional Indian touch alive. Baked cracker forms the crust to a creamy coconut fudge that is further topped with fresh fruits for a textural play on the usual coconut mithai one serves during festivals.
As you all know I am having a moment with Holi this year. Holi is by far one of the most loved festivals in India and why not! Its rare to find people of all class, color, creed and religion come together to celebrate something. Holi does that. Its a celebration of the spirit of people. Celebration of the diversity that is the hallmark of India. And obviously it marks the celebration of a new season and happier times. With that thought playing in my mind, I decided to give my blog , a small but extremely meaningful new addition, something that celebrates unity of this blogger community I am a part of. I have been lucky to have met mostly wonderful bloggers who have been there to uplift me, encourage me and help me whenever I need. A few have become close friends, the sorts you can talk to about anything and everything, share random weirdest things with, even disagree with yet come away knowing that the friendship will remain unaffected.
“She decided to free herself, dance into the wind, create a new language. And birds fluttered around her, writing “yes” in the sky”. -Monique Duval.
With that thought in mind, I am starting a “Guest blogger of the month” series. Every month I will be welcoming a much loved blogger friend here and sharing a few random things about her with you, along with one beautiful dish he/she will bring for you guys. For this month, to help us celebrate Holi with all gusto, I am welcoming Suchi Modi of Elegant Meraki home. As the name suggests, Meraki means ” the soul, creativity or love put into something; the essence of yourself that is put into your work.” That high level of love and passion is clearly visible in her work and the food she brings forth on the blog with so much love! Creativity, passion and talent go a long way and this girl has that in enormous quantity. A fellow editor at The Feed Feed, Suchi has all kinds of treat for the inner child in us.
Just a look through her recipe index makes the candy loving kid in me do somersaults. As for actual kids, well my tiny adult D has already chosen Chocolate ganache New York Cheesecake and No knead brioche for me to make! And seeing the pictures, I cant wait to make it.
So today, she will be bringing something very special for us, something to celebrate Holi with us. I will be sharing her recipe very soon on my Home page under the title “My blog guest”. In the meanwhile take a look at these absolutely stunning vegan thandai tarts for you to serve on Holi. Everyone loves sweets on festive occasions. Everyone serves sweets on festive occasions. And while ready made sweets make things easier for us, when it comes to really making the guests happy or wowing them, they fall short. I usually do my own sweets that are my individual take on traditional Indian mithai with a contemporary appeal. This vegan thandai tart is exactly that. The traditional coconut barfi or fudge gets a totally new look with these super easy, make ahead vegan thandai tart that is colorful, creamy, layered with different textures and just screams Holi.
The base of the easy peasy vegan thandai tart is made of normal cracker mixed with butter. Baked in some cupcake liners for 8-10 mins, the crust is sweet yet salty, holds form even when removed from the liner and is buttery. The cups are then filled with a mix of fresh cream whipped with coconut fudge and homemade thandai masala till light and fluffy. Pour into the cups and keep it in the fridge to set. When ready to serve, pretty up with some chopped fruits (I used kiwi and strawberry), lots of chopped pistachios, sprinkling of more thandai masala and edible flower. Result?
Vegan thandai tart that looks like a show stopper belonging on a pedestal instead of a plate.
This vegan thandai tart is everything you want a festive dessert to be. Made in my signature style of fun, fast and fabulous, this beautiful dish is flavored through with thandai for a full on Holi hit to your senses. Reminiscent of the simple coconut barfi my mom always makes, redolent with the aroma of saffron and rose, this simple vegan thandai tart gets a modern festive makeover that will make everyone sit up and take notice, and will make you without a doubt the domestic goddess of the street.
So go on, indulge your sweet tooth this month, after all Holi comes just once a month. And if this vegan thandai tart isn’t enough for the sweet loving child in you, take a look at these thandai pannacotta with mango and strawberry coulis, this easy Thandai Sherbat (made with homemade thandai masala) or even these mixed fruit popsicles that are as colorful as the festival itself.
Here’s to new beginnings, to standing united in the face of diversity and hatred that permeates the world today. Here’s to being your own modern self while keeping in touch with the traditions of your country. Here’s to being who you are, bonded together with wonderful friends who celebrate life as we know it and stand by you, celebrating every color of your soul. Here’s to friendship and Holi!